Writing is talking to someone else on paper. Anyone who can think clearly can write clearly, about any subject at all.
On Writing Well, William Zinsser (2001).
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
“Time and tide wait for no man.” Chaucer. If only time were more kind and not so cruel, he would have made every day with you last an eternity, and every day without you a mere second. Unfortunately, time flies regardless of your presence and I can but helplessly count the moments I’ve missed.
Live well, my sons. Live a life for which you’d be proud to recount in your old age.
Keep a journal if you’ve not been doing so. It memorializes the moments I’ve missed, but also helps you write better. In addition, writing is therapeutic. It is for me.
Writing is also critical to your future success. Good writers excel in school and in life. I used to require a writing test to narrow down the list of candidates I choose to interview. Regardless of the strength of their resumes, if an applicant wrote poorly, I wouldn’t bother to even interview him or her.
Just write. At first, don’t worry whether you are writing well. The trick is to edit and rewrite. As John Irving once said, “More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting.” So, don’t give yourself excuses for not writing by trying to find the best ways to express yourself. Just write. Then, edit and rewrite until what you wrote expresses exactly what you wish.
All my love, always,